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  • Big Thursday money split

    Considering the local economic conditions, members of the Big Thursday Scholarship committee are pleased with the amount of money raised.

    For the past several years, the committee has held a golf tournament in which corporate sponsors pledge money. There were nearly 30 sponsors at the 2007 tournament, which brought in $34,000.

    Money raised provides scholarships for Lancaster County students attending either Clemson University or the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Kershaw group to meet on park

    KERSHAW - The group working to build a community playground in Kershaw will meet Thursday.

    The steering committee heading the efforts to build the community playground will be called the Kershaw Community Park Council. It has set Thursday as Design Day to kick off the effort to build the park.

  • Waterlogged driveway hinders life at group home

    KERSHAW - The driveway to a home in Kershaw's Charlesboro community looks more like a muddy pond.

    Deep holes in the driveway on Taxahaw Road are filled with water, with some holes at least 7 inches deep. Wooden posts run alongside the driveway, which in some areas is not much wider than 10 feet.

    The house at the end of the driveway is home to five men, clients of Chester/Lancaster County Disabilities and Special Needs (DSN) Board. The home allows them to have some independence, and the men are like a family.

  • Some new hires to get signing bonus

    The Lancaster County School District will continue to offer a signing bonuses that officials hope will attract quality teachers.

    The school board on Tuesday night unanimously approved a $1,500 signing bonus for new-hire teachers for the 2008-09 school year. The supplement is for those who teach English, math, science or special education.

    "A signing bonus is something that is appropriate," board member Peter Barry said. "This can allow us to be competitive with districts where the revenue is greater."

  • Miss South Carolina pays visit to students

    The students were mesmerized by Crystal Garrett's beauty, but it was her words that will probably have the greatest impact.

    Garrett, the reigning Miss South Carolina, told students at Clinton Elementary School on Wednesday how people didn't think she would have a chance to make it this far.

    A Columbia native, Garrett was diagnosed with allergy-induced asthma when she was 3. Doctors didn't expect her to live to see 21.

  • Bruce helped start area law enforcement network

    RICHBURG – Friends and associates of former Chester County Councilman Jim Bruce are devastated after his death early Wednesday morning.

    Bruce died early Wednesday morning of cancer. He was 69.

    Bruce was a county councilman from 2003 to 2006.

    "He was a great person," said his wife, Carol. "We were married 43 years. We had our ups and downs like everybody."

    Bruce was civic-minded, she said. It was often his top priority.

    "That came first," she said.

  • Boy, 13, beaten with bat

    A 13-year-old Lancaster boy was hit in the head with a baseball bat when he tried to stop a group of boys from stealing his bicycle Sunday.

    The boy noticed the bike was missing from the front porch of his Pardue Street home about 11 p.m. and went around the back and saw about five boys gathered near it, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • Tire headquarters to roll this way

    INDIAN LAND – Continental Tire North America will wheel its Charlotte headquarters into a new building in Indian Land next year.

    The tire manufacturer will move 300 employees to a 75,000-square-foot building at McMillan Business Park on S.C. 160, an $11 million investment. Contractors have begun clearing land for the building, and construction is expected to be completed in early 2009.

  • Planning for 6,300-acre project in Chester Co. ahead of schedule

    CHESTER – A lengthy approval process for Montrose Plantation is ahead of schedule, according to the developer, and a recent state grant is helping it proceed.

    Montrose Plantation is the 6,300-acre mixed-use project owned by Charlotte real estate investor Mel Graham. The property is located along Interstate 77 in Chester County.

    "The lengthy approval process is going extremely well," Graham said. "We are about midway through the approval process, which we originally expected to take several years to complete. We are ahead of schedule."

  • He will bring the jokes; you bring the laughs to Comedy Night

    INDIAN LAND – Comedian Tony Boswell says his dream job would be to host Weekend Update, the popular, long-running skit on "Saturday Night Live."

    "Is that going to happen?" Boswell said, sitting at his kitchen table at his home in BridgeMill. "Probably not. I'm 45."

    But he's having a good time, anyway. He just placed second in the 28th Seattle International Comedy Competition.